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Poll: When did you buy your first translation software?
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Irene Acler  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 17:58
Spanish to Italian
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Other Apr 28, 2012

Hello

I answered other, because I started to translate some years ago, but I didn't buy any software. I tried some trial versions, just to see how CAT tools work, and only last week I decided to buy my translation software.


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neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:58
Spanish to English
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Other Apr 28, 2012

I was translating for several years before trying out any translation software at all other than CD dictionaries. After about 3 years translating like this, someone gave me an early version of Systran (which I still have and occasionally use).

As for TM tools, I eventually got into Wordfast Classic maybe 5 years ago and am still with it, although I only use its most basic functions (for example, I still haven't worked out how to make worthwhile use of the glossaries).

Caveat: I tend to use MT programs like Systran or Google simply to give myself a rest from typing and a change of pace or technique, rather than as a panacea. I now also use speech recognition SW for the same reason, although it sometimes struggles with my Glaswegian vowels


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xxxInterlangue
Angola
Local time: 17:58
English to French
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Other Apr 28, 2012

After many years, when they started existing! I still use some of them (or newer versions). At least one (CAT tool), I used just once and discarded - probably for good!

[Modifié le 2012-04-28 18:43 GMT]


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Jörg Lukas
Local time: 17:58
French to German
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How about freeware? Apr 28, 2012

I use OmegaT. It's simple and it runs in combination with open office. I LOVE it.

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John Fossey  Identity Verified
Canada
Local time: 11:58
Member (2008)
French to English
After several years Apr 28, 2012

For quite a while I managed with freeware such as OmegaT, Wordfast (less than 500 TUs). I also dabbled with Across. Then I started purchasing some software, first MetaTexis, then Wordfast Classic (before Pro existed), then Studio Starter and and finally I purchased Studio when it was on sale. Hopefully that will now cover all my needs for a good while to come!

[Edited at 2012-04-28 11:26 GMT]


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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 17:58
Member (2006)
German to English
First project Apr 28, 2012

well, sort of.

I was asked if I could buy it by one of my most reliable customer, which of course I did. After that, it had paid itself off with the increase in order and output within 2 months!!!

Never regreted it and am, although it is sometimes annoying, keeping up with the newest versions of the different CAT tools which is also proving to be an advantage.


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Nigel Greenwood  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 17:58
Member (2008)
Spanish to English
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The same month I started as fulltime translator Apr 28, 2012

I have translated from many years as part of my other work. But when I was made redundant, -the company went bankrupt-, I decided to become a fulltime translator and immediately saw the good things about CAT tools, I then purchased the ones I like most, TRADOS and WORDFAST. Since then, I have tried others, but I get on best with either of them.

My idea is that if your use technology you should buy it.

Have a great weekend and May Day, all of you

Nigel.


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David Wright  Identity Verified
Austria
Local time: 17:58
German to English
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Other Apr 28, 2012

When they first came out - and as far as I can see they have only got worse! (trados specifically was wonderfully easy to handle in the early years!)

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Julian Holmes  Identity Verified
Japan
Local time: 01:58
Member (2011)
Japanese to English
When I needed it for a project Apr 28, 2012

There was no "Buy it or else" option so this is how I voted.

My main client said that they wre shifiting over entirely to Trados and strongly suggested that I do the same. So, I either bought it or I didn't. I decided to move with the blows and keep work coming in.

[Edited at 2012-04-29 02:08 GMT]


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Jose Arnoldo Rodriguez-Carrington  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 10:58
English to Spanish
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after many years Apr 28, 2012

Interlangue wrote:

After many years, when they started existing! I still use some of them (or newer versions). At least one (CAT tool), I used just once and discarded - probably for good!

[Modifié le 2012-04-28 15:43 GMT]


I started translating many years before they ever existed, just like Interlangue. I bought my first CAT tool many years after I started translating, when they became available and started being more useful.


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Oleg Osipov  Identity Verified
Russian Federation
Local time: 19:58
English to Russian
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Not yet Apr 28, 2012

I've checked out the products of some major CAT tool suppliers, using them occasionally now and then. Currently, I use Studio Starter. I am more inclined to use the full version of that one in the fall.

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Chun Un  Identity Verified
Macau
Member (2007)
English to Chinese
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Within the first year Apr 28, 2012

of freelancing, I bought Trados and later Wordfast. I use them mostly when the project requires them. I only use the basic functions and am not a certified Trados user.

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Chun Un  Identity Verified
Macau
Member (2007)
English to Chinese
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Willing to try it out Apr 28, 2012

Joerg Lukas wrote:

I use OmegaT. It's simple and it runs in combination with open office. I LOVE it.


I use Open Office (on one of my computers) as well and I like simplicity in almost everything so I am going to give it a try!


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Rolf Kern  Identity Verified
Switzerland
Local time: 17:58
English to German
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Other Apr 28, 2012

I will never buy a translation software. These softwares were developed by people who have absolutely no idea of what thanslating actually is.

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